'Telling Lies' Makes the Pursuit of Truth a Powerful Illusion

Telling Lies works like the creation of a conspiracy theory. It asks you to paint a mental picture of, at a minimum, four different characters, their motivations, their names, their jobs, their lives, and the connections between them, and it wants you to do that by sifting through those lives in the form of video documents. And after putting three hours into the game, I came away unsettled by the experience. I was snooping, and that was weird, but I also felt like I had a handle on everything that happened. Then I didn’t. Then I did. After playing, I’m still trapped in this ambivalent space of not knowing if I have the whole story, or even what the truth is. That’s special.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3kxq93/telling-lies-makes-the-pursuit-of-truth-a-powerful-illusion